Westerly Arts Café is not just a gallery space in Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, it’s a meeting place, a point where art meets the community and “Where Art Comes Alive." This new venue, now in its second year, combines all forms of Art, film, poetry readings, literary salons, music, theater, and performance art (and anything else we can offer). Our mission is to provide Westerly as a backdrop for all of the Arts and make Westerly a destination for artists and all who support the Arts. We are also giving emerging artists a venue to perform and showcase their talents and established artists more visibility in our community.
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Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly
Sunday, June 18 at 6-8pm. (Doors open at 5:30pm.)
Please join us for an evening of Jazz with the Ken Serio Jazz Trio! The musicians who comprise the trio are drummer Ken Serio, guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir, and bassist Jedd Chlebowski.
Drummer, drum teacher and inspiration for the Trio, Ken Serio was born in Westerly and recently returned after 25 years of living in New York City as a touring and session drummer. His long list of performances, tours and recordings include some of jazz', blues', and pop's top artists including Alicia Keys, Joey Ramone, The Beastie Boys, Ronnie Earl, as well as bassist Mark Egan, guitarist Vic Juris, saxophonist David Mann, keyboardist Gil Goldstein, blues guitarist Victoria Warne, guitarist Pete McCann, and drummer Danny Gottlieb. Mr. Serio also enjoys a successful solo artist career, having 6 CDs out under his own name. The musician attributes his successes to his teachers and his own experience with talented musicians. Mr. Serio studied for a total of 27 years under the private instruction of drummers including Joe Morello, Kenwood Dennard, and Zak Danziger. He feels that his success as a drum instructor is largely due to his desire for his students to improve. The musician is endorsed by SJC Snare Drums, Dream Cymbals, Hotsticks Drumsticks, Axis Pedals, Protection Racket Cases, and Mike Balter Mallets.
Sinan Bakir is noted as a virtuoso player and a masterful composer by music critics and his peers. The musician's early musical experience started with mandolin lessons followed by an audition leading to the Ankara (Turkey) State Opera Children's Choir. After attending a rock concert in his early teen years, he was inspired to pick up his first guitar and started taking private lessons, spending most of his time practicing. He continued his musical education in the United States at the Hartford Conservatory. His all original debut album "On My Way" (2009) with bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Mark Ferber, was followed by a quartet recording titled "Tales and Stories" (2012) with pianist Warren Byrd. Both albums were well reviewed by many respected music publications and were featured in a variety of radio and TV programs. While maintaining a busy teaching schedule Mr. Bakir continues to perform in diverse settings from solo recitals to trio concerts as well as many other musical situations.
Jedd Chlebowski is a bassist with 30 years' experience. He is proud to be the bassist for the Michael Cleary Band (www.michaelclearyband.com), an original group which has been a staple on the CT music scene for over 20 years and recently released their CD "Uplift". In 2014, the band was nominated in various categories for the CT Music Awards and ended up winning for the Best Jam Band. In 2016, their song "2nd Nature" won Best New Song for the CT Music Awards. Mr. Chlebowski's newest project is Death Saddle Syndicate, an original hard rock power trio. With releases on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, etc. the group is poised to explode onto the music scene. Mr. Chlebowski has a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Education and a Master's Degree in Classical Performance on Upright Bass, and has played in Europe and across the U.S.
Tim Lebling from the Savoy Bookstore will offer cookies and coffee with his "Wakin' up Waggin," and as always, the gallery is open for tax-free shopping!
This event is open to the public. Donations appreciated.